Lincoln’s favorite play coming to amphitheatre

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LINCOLN CITY — President Lincoln’s favorite play will take the stage in September on the grounds Abraham Lincoln walked as a boy.  

 Lincoln Amphitheatre will host the National Players’ presentation of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” on Sept. 13 and 14. The National Players is America’s longest-running touring company.

Shakespeare wrote “Macbeth” in 1616. Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corroding psychological and political effects produced when its protagonist, the Scottish Lord Macbeth, chooses evil as a way to fulfill his ambition for power.

National Players will perform the play with original dialogue, but the directional presentation will give a more industrialized-era, contemporary feel to the production.

National Players was founded in 1949 by Father Gilbert V. Hartke, O.P., an arts educator and then head of the drama department at Catholic University of America. National Players has performed in the East Wing of the White House, in Europe, Asia and the Middle East for American military and throughout 40 states.

“Macbeth” will be staged at the amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. CDT both days. Ticket are $19 for adults; $16 for senior citizens 55 and older, students 7 to 21 and military members; and $6 for children 6 and younger. An optional home-style buffet meal including pot roast and baked turkey, roasted potatoes, carrots, peas and salad is available for an additional charge to guests who reserve at least three days in advance. The dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

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